Brothersoft: iPad Glass, Battery Most Squeezed by Japanese Earthquake

Industry research firm IHS iSuppli said on March 17 that although many of the components in the iPad can be replaced with sources outside of Japan, the glass and the battery in the iPad may be more difficult to swap out.

“The ongoing disaster in Japan ‘may cause logistical disruptions’ for Apple” , iSuppli says. Even though some suppliers for the iPad may not be directly affected, disruption of business operations in the country, and aftershocks of last week’s earthquake, may still disrupt shipments of some parts.

Apple has multiple options to replace the NAND flash chips it gets from Toshiba. Also, DRAM parts sourced from Japan’s Elpida can be supplied from many other sources.

However, the special, more-flexible glass used in the display and the battery cells are the most difficult items to be replaced. Asahi Glass, where iSuppli speculates the glass is sourced, has reported damage to multiple facilities. And the battery cells inside the battery pack appear to be made in Apple’s Japan subsidiary, too.

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UndergroundWire said,
God doesn't like Apple.

It's what brought sin into the world!


(For any Bible experts: Yes, we don't know what type of fruit it was, and yes, it wasn't the fruit's fault. )

+1

No one is taking away the devistation that has faced Japan and the Japanese people. However this story is to be taken in a similar vein to news regarding banks, regarding manufacturing. As Japan will want to get it's resources and manufacturing back online as soon as possible else suppliers may go else where and keep else where having a lasting impact on Japan.

This is a tech site so it goes hand in hand that they will report the tech viewpoint on the japanese disaster. Just as the banking sites are stating the banking viewpoint.

REM2000 said,
+1

No one is taking away the devistation that has faced Japan and the Japanese people. However this story is to be taken in a similar vein to news regarding banks, regarding manufacturing. As Japan will want to get it's resources and manufacturing back online as soon as possible else suppliers may go else where and keep else where having a lasting impact on Japan.

This is a tech site so it goes hand in hand that they will report the tech viewpoint on the japanese disaster. Just as the banking sites are stating the banking viewpoint.

You're missing the point. People just want to bitch about Apple .

Even if you don't really care about Japan and you are a unconditional of Apple products, the incoming nuclear disaster CAN AFFECT the west coast (mostly by the Jet Stream), or saying in other word, it can affect Apple HQ and your beloved Steve Jobs. :-P

Ok, the news is on-topics but is a bit unappropriated.


Magallanes said,
Even if you don't really care about Japan and you are a unconditional of Apple products, the incoming nuclear disaster CAN AFFECT the west coast (mostly by the Jet Stream), or saying in other word, it can affect Apple HQ and your beloved Steve Jobs. :-P

Ok, the news is on-topics but is a bit unappropriated.


OFFTOPIC: No, any radiation release would not affect the West Coast.

Magallanes said,

Ok, the news is on-topics but is a bit unappropriated.

Ok, your post is off-topic and a bit inappropriate.

Magallanes said,
Even if you don't really care about Japan and you are a unconditional of Apple products, the incoming nuclear disaster CAN AFFECT the west coast (mostly by the Jet Stream), or saying in other word, it can affect Apple HQ and your beloved Steve Jobs. :-P

Ok, the news is on-topics but is a bit unappropriated.

There isn't much chance of the nuclear problem getting worse, and even less of it floating over to us. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/14/fukushiima_analysis/

Settle down, people. This is written in the same vein as stories about Orange Juice makers struggling to meet demand after a cold winter. Or shellfish becoming scarce because of an oil spill. Business has to go on even amid disaster.

The root of the story is that Apple will need to adjust its sourcing practices in Japan or they may not be able to ship their most popular product. Apple shareholders would be very interested to know something like this and that makes it 'news.'

ShawnB said,
Settle down, people. This is written in the same vein as stories about Orange Juice makers struggling to meet demand after a cold winter. Or shellfish becoming scarce because of an oil spill. Business has to go on even amid disaster.

The root of the story is that Apple will need to adjust its sourcing practices in Japan or they may not be able to ship their most popular product. Apple shareholders would be very interested to know something like this and that makes it 'news.'

At least someone here has some sense. It's a global economy, and Japan has a HUGE impact on the tech industry so their misfortune affects the whole world in one way or another. This isn't a report that was written specifically because people are worried about their iPads. It was written because the businesses that have been effected (globally) have to take inventory of their damages and make adjustments as necessary.

If there will be a nuclear holocaust, being on my death bed the agony will be a whole lot greater without my Ipad.

Please apple make sure there are enough ipads for the world. Cant live or die without my ipad.

Wouldn't be surprised if this was an Apple insider attempt to garner more interest in the iPad2 by getting others to say that stock could be a problem considering the competition it will have this time around from Android tablets. Everyone then rushs to try and get an iPad2 before "supposed stock shortage" comes into play and Apple make another "we have a mega success" field day with the press.

svmpatel said,
Wouldn't be surprised if this was an Apple insider attempt to garner more interest in the iPad2 by getting others to say that stock could be a problem considering the competition it will have this time around from Android tablets. Everyone then rushs to try and get an iPad2 before "supposed stock shortage" comes into play and Apple make another "we have a mega success" field day with the press.

Except Apple sold out before all these articles citing shortage concerns. Not a single one in stores and online shipping times of 4-5 weeks. Nice try though.

Elliott said,

Except Apple sold out before all these articles citing shortage concerns. Not a single one in stores and online shipping times of 4-5 weeks. Nice try though.

Not saying that is definately what they are doing, hence not trying anything... I was just stating my opinion of something that may or may not be happening behind the scenes in a sarcastic "get your tin foil hats on" conspiracy theory way. Lighten up

svmpatel said,
Not saying that is definately what they are doing, hence not trying anything... I was just stating my opinion of something that may or may not be happening behind the scenes in a sarcastic "get your tin foil hats on" conspiracy theory way. Lighten up
Sorry. I've been so jaded by trolls.

I don't think there is anything less important to Japan, right now than producing iPads for the wealthy and healthy people in the rest of the world..
So that should be the least of our problems..

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

+1

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

Q F T

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

If the BBC or another general news site had decided to report on this instead of reporting the much more important human story of the quake and nuclear crisis, that would be inappropriate. However, at Neowin, whose raison d'etre is to report tech news, this is entirely appropriate and interesting. In fact it would be wrong for Neowin to attempt to cover the other non-tech-related aspects of the disaster. It's not being heartless; just keeping to the job in hand.

Timble said,

However, at Neowin, whose raison d'etre is to report tech news

I DOUBT ABOUT IT.

And WTF, why is a news when a private manufacturer have trouble with their supply chain?. Manufacturer always have trouble with their supply chain.

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

Right, let's shut down Neowin!, or we could just keep everything about the Japanese Tsunami in the "Real World News" forum section.

If this wasn't about Apple, I bet we wouldn't have had even half as much uproar.

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

Every technology site should stop reporting, good idea!

Bogdan Calapod said,
Seriously, who cares? :-| We have more important problems to worry about, such as a freaking nuclear plant being on the point of exploding.

Actually, it doesn't seem to be as bad as crazy environmentalists want it to be (many wouldn't be too upset if hundreds died from radiation, just so they could help us back to medieval ages).

"Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/14/fukushiima_analysis/

LaserWraith said,

Actually, it doesn't seem to be as bad as crazy environmentalists want it to be (many wouldn't be too upset if hundreds died from radiation, just so they could help us back to medieval ages).

"Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/14/fukushiima_analysis/

So you quote a selective article that is about as bias as the drudge report and prison planet. You might also want to look at the date on the article... it's listed as the 14th, a lot has happened since then. It could have been a lot worse, but this is not a triumph for nuclear power.

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/default.aspx

The rating as of today is either a 5 or a 6 out of 7. This places it beyond the two partial meltdowns in the US, but well below that of the Ukraine (meltdown).

I will, however, agree that it has been a media panic. We've got people in the United States, in the Midwest that believe they are going to die from radiation poisoning. What can I say, panic sells coverage, which brings up ratings. It is pathetic... given the real tragedy of this event is not about us "and dying of nuclear radiation" but rather in the destruction of their infrastructure and the number of death... which very small compared to events in Haiti or the 2004 Tsunami, but is still at 6400 and likely to climb.

Here is an updated article:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/18/fukushima_friday/

Edited by azure.sapphire, Mar 18 2011, 9:30pm :

psreloaded said,

+1

This is interesting. 2011-1945=66 and 6 is the sign of evil. So there is your double evil. Hiroshima atomic bombing we did it to them and now the second evil they did it to themselves with the help of a shaky ground.

enocheed said,

This is interesting. 2011-1945=66 and 6 is the sign of evil. So there is your double evil. Hiroshima atomic bombing we did it to them and now the second evil they did it to themselves with the help of a shaky ground.

that's one of the dumbest reasonings/rationals in the history of the internet.